The rotator cuff refers to a set of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder capsule. When one or more of these are damaged or ruptured, it is called a rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tears are a type of rotator cuff problem that commonly result in shoulder pain and an increased loss of motion in the shoulder joint.
Besides rotator cuff tears, other rotator cuff problems include:
What Causes It?
Common possible causes of a rotator cuff tear include:
Signs & Symptoms
People with rotator cuff tears usually experience the following symptoms:
A tear to the shoulder from an acute injury can cause immediate, intense pain and weakness in the upper arm.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, get assessed by a shoulder subspecialist promptly.
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How is a Rotator Cuff Tear Treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of the tear, and can comprise of non-surgical and surgical methods. The main goal of treatment is to reduce pain and regain mobility in the shoulder.
Non-surgical treatments include:
Surgical treatment for rotator cuff tears, on the other hand, will be considered when conservative treatment has not proved successful, or if the tear was already severe to begin with.
Surgery to repair the rotator cuff may include removing bone spurs or repairing torn muscles and tendons in the shoulder. These may be accomplished through open surgery or arthroscopic surgery (minimally invasive technique), where possible.